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Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady will miss season

2:24 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
ENGLEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 19: Denver Broncos offensive line coach Dave Magazu watches Denver Broncos tackle Ryan Clady (78) run through drills during practice August 19, 2013 at Dove Valley (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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KUSA - The Broncos have placed Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady on the injured reserve list because he will need season-ending surgery on his left foot, the team announced Wednesday morning. 

The Broncos' left tackle - who protects Peyton Manning's blind side - will have surgery after being injured in Sunday's win at the New York Giants.  

The injury comes after the 25-year-old Clady in the offseason signed a five-year, $52.5-million contract - which is the second-highest behind Manning. 

Clady has a Lisfranc injury, which affects the ligaments and joints in the middle of the foot. It happened late in the fourth quarter against the Giants when defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins rolled up on Clady as the Broncos were running out the clock.

Chris Clark, who was signed to a two-year contract extension earlier this week, will start at left tackle Monday against the Oakland Raiders. Clark got plenty of offseason work while Clady was in contract negotiations and recovering from shoulder surgery.

Monday's game will be the first game Clady misses since being drafted in 2008.

The Broncos on Wednesday added tackle Winston Justice, who has played 59 games in seven seasons. He spent his first six years in Philadelphia out of USC but spent 2012 in Indianapolis, where he started 12 games. In his career, Justice has 42 starts at right tackle and one at left tackle.

"I'm here to do a job, and if my job is to start for however long, that's how it's going to be," Clark said Tuesday. "I've always viewed myself as a starter. In this league, you can't view yourself as a backup, so I prepare myself as I'm going to play every week." 

With the Monday night game this week, the Broncos are off Wednesday. 

Clark joined the Broncos in 2011 and has played in every game since, mainly on special teams and short-yardage situations. He started six games at tight end in 2011.

He spent his first two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings on their practice squad. He was not drafted in 2008 out of Southern Mississippi but signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent then released by the Bucs after training camp.

"It's not about filling a guy's shoes for me," Clark said. "It's about me creating my legacy or whatever, just helping the team the best way I can."

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